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Order of the Companions of Honour

 

Order of the Companions of Honour

Order of the Companions of Honour
Riband and badge of the "Companions of Honour"
Awarded by the sovereign of the Commonwealth realms
Type Order
Motto In Action Faithful and in Honour Clear
Awarded for Nationally important service
Status Currently constituted
Sovereign Queen Elizabeth II
Grades (w/ post-nominals) Companion (CH)
Established 1917
Ribbon bar of the order
Lord Tweedsmuir, as Governor General of Canada, wearing the Companion of Honour badge around his neck as part of his ceremonial Windsor uniform

The Order of the Companions of Honour is an Order of Merit.[1]

Contents

  • Composition 1
  • Insignia 2
  • Current Companions 3
  • See also 4
  • Notes 5
  • References 6

Composition

The order consists of the Sovereign plus no more than 65 members. Additionally, foreigners from outside the realms may be added as honorary members. Membership confers no title or precedence, but those inducted into this one-class order are entitled to use the post-nominal letters CH. Appointments can be made on the advice of Commonwealth realm prime ministers.[1] For Canadians, the advice to the Sovereign can come from a variety of officials.[2]

Originally, the order was limited to 50 ordinary members, but in 1943 it was enlarged to 65, with a quota of 45 members for the United Kingdom, seven for Australia, two each for New Zealand and South Africa, and 9 for India, Burma, and the colonies. The quota numbers were altered in 1970 to 47 for the United Kingdom, 7 for Australia, 2 for New Zealand, and 9 for other Commonwealth realms. The quota was adjusted again in 1975 by adding 2 places to the New Zealand quota and reducing the 9 for the other countries to 7.[3]

Insignia

The insignia of the order is in the form of an oval medallion, surmounted by an imperial crown, and with a rectangular panel within, depicting on it an oak tree, a shield with the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom hanging from one branch, and, on the left, a mounted knight in armour. The insignia's blue border bears in gold letters the motto IN ACTION FAITHFUL AND IN HONOUR CLEAR, Alexander Pope's description (in iambic pentameter) in his Epistle to Mr Addison of James Craggs, later used on Craggs' monument in Westminster Abbey. Men wear the badge on a neck ribbon (red with golden border threads) and women on a bow at the left shoulder.

Current Companions

Member Number[n 1] Name Post-Nominals Known for Date of appointment Age
1 (237) Sir Michael Somare GCMG, CHPCMP Former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea 3 June 1978 80
2 (246) Doug Anthony ACCHPC Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia 31 December 1981 86
3 (249) The Lord Carrington GCMG, CHMCPCDL Politician 11 June 1983 97
4 (265) Sydney Brenner CHFRSFMedSci Biologist 31 December 1986 89
5 (267) The Lord Tebbit CHPC Politician 31 July 1987 85
6 (269) Stephen Hawking CHCBEFRS, FRSA Physicist 17 June 1989 74
7 (270) The Lord Baker of Dorking CHPC Politician 13 April 1992 81
8 (271) The Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville CHPC Politician 13 April 1992 82
9 (278) The Lord King of Bridgwater CHPC Politician 13 April 1992 83
10 (282) Dame Janet Baker CHDBE Opera singer 31 December 1993 82
11 (287) The Lord Owen CHPC Politician 11 June 1994 77
12 (289) Sir David Attenborough OMCHCVOCBE Broadcaster and naturalist 30 December 1995 90
13 (291) The Lord Hurd of Westwell CHCBEPC Politician 30 December 1995 86
14 (294) David Hockney OMCH Artist 14 June 1997 78
15 (296) The Lord Heseltine CHPC Politician 2 August 1997 83
16 (297) The Lord Patten of Barnes CHPC Politician and former Governor of Hong Kong 31 December 1997 72
17 (298) Peter Brook CHCBE Theatre director 13 June 1998 91
18 (299) Sir John Major KGCHPC Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 31 December 1998 73
19 (300) Bridget Riley CHCBE Artist 31 December 1998 85
20 (305) John de Chastelain CCCHCMM Canadian general and diplomat 31 December 1998 78
21 (311) Sir Harrison Birtwistle CH Composer 30 December 2000 81
22 (312) Sir Michael Howard OMCHCBEMCFBA Historian 15 June 2002 93
23 (313) Sir Howard Hodgkin CHCBE Artist 31 December 2002 83
24 (316) James Lovelock CHCBEFRS Scientist and environmentalist 31 December 2002 96
25 (317) Dan McKenzie CHFRS Geophysicist 14 June 2003 74
26 (318) The Lord Hannay of Chiswick GCMG, CH Diplomat 14 June 2003 70
27 (320) Dame Judi Dench CHDBE Actress 11 June 2005 81
28 (321) Sir Ian McKellen CHCBE Actor 31 December 2007 77
29 (322) The Lord Rogers of Riverside CH Architect 14 June 2008 82
30 (323) The Lord Howard of Lympne CHQCPC Politician 11 June 2011 74
31 (324) The Lord Young of Cookham BtCHPC Politician 20 September 2012 74
32 (325) The Lord Coe CHKBE Athlete, politician, organiser of 2012 Olympics 29 December 2012 59
33 (326) Peter Higgs CHFRS Physicist 29 December 2012 87
34 (327) The Lord Strathclyde CHPC Politician 7 January 2013 56
35 (328) The Lord Campbell of Pittenweem CHCBEPCQC Politician 15 June 2013 75
36 (329) Sir Nicholas Serota CH Museum curator 15 June 2013 70
37 (330) Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CHCBE Composer 31 December 2013 81
38 (331) The Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve CHCBEFBAFRSFMedSci Philosopher 31 December 2013 74
39 (332) Dame Maggie Smith CHDBE Actress 14 June 2014 81
40 (333) Kenneth Clarke CHQCPCMP Politician 22 July 2014 75
41 (334) The Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon GCMG, CHKBEPC Politician 1 January 2015 75
42 (336) Dame Mary Peters CHDBE Athlete 1 January 2015 76
43 (337) The Lord Young of Graffham CHPCDL Politician 1 January 2015 84
44 (338) Sir Neville Marriner CHCBE Conductor 12 June 2015 92
45 (339) The Lord Woolf CHPCFBAFMedSci Judge 12 June 2015 83
Honorary Companions
Member Number Name Post-Nominals Known for Date of appointment Age
1 (261) Amartya Sen CH Economist 11 May 2000 82
2 (304) Bernard Haitink CHKBE Conductor 12 June 2002 87

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The number shown in brackets is the individual's place in the wider sequence of appointment since the Order's inception.

References

  1. ^ a b "The Monarch of the Today > Queen Ann arbor to the new one w public > Honours > Companions of Honour". Royal.gov.uk. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  2. ^  
  3. ^ Rayment, Leigh. "Companions of Honour". Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
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